Grade 7 to 9 students at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School are putting on a dinner theatre.
“(Dinner theatre is) a different experience in Slave Lake,” teacher Neena Zacharia says. The goal is to make it “almost a cultural experience. A whole night.”
This is the third annual dinner theatre. Zacharia has been involved from the beginning.
The play is Disney’s The Jungle Book Jr. without the songs. Songs might be played during the meal.
Disney plays are recognizable, Zacharia says. It is easy to get the students excited.
Natalie Dollevoet is one of two teachers leading the acting portion of the play. This is her first year teaching acting.
“It’s fun,” she says. “I love being part of the acting.”
The meal will be served during the intermission.
“It’s a fusion of Indian and Filipino,” Zacharia says about the meal.
This dinner theatre is not put on by a drama class. It is part of CTF (Career and Technology Foundations). The name does not instantly bring to mind performing or culinary arts.
All junior high school students are part of this class.
The class is divided into four sections: acting, stage design, costume and design, and foods. Kids are marked on participation in each group.
Zacharia describes the class as an opportunity “for them (the students) to learn how separate groups come together in a big project.”
Five teachers teach this class, which started in February. Dollevoet and Paula Genoway teach acting. Joe Kirby teaches set design, Michele Denomme costumes, and Zacharia foods.
Last semester, CTF was the humanities section and did super-hero commercials. The four options included video editing.
Jungle Book Jr. is on June 13 in the St. Francis gym. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The play starts at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at the front desk of St. Francis or at the door.
Babysitting is available on site during the event. It is $5. The person running the babysitting has certification.
“Kid’s are excited,” Dollevoet says, “practising hard, (and) excited to put on a great show.”